One local nursery and landscape owner believes February's record snowfall has people thinking green, and he expects that to boost attendance at this year's Central Ohio Home and Garden Show.

One local nursery and landscape owner believes February's record snowfall has people thinking green, and he expects that to boost attendance at this year's Central Ohio Home and Garden Show.

The show opened Saturday at the Ohio Expo Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds and continues through Sunday, March 7. The 54th annual show is presented by PNC.

Nick McCullough, landscape designer/owner of McCullough's Landscape and Nursery LLC in Johnstown, will return to the show as an exhibitor for the second year.

"I think the snow will help attendance," he said. "I think people are anxious to see some green.

"The show is a bright spot at the end of a dreary winter," he said. "There are lots of good ideas and it kicks off the springtime for us. It will get people geared up for spring."

McCullough has doubled the size of his booth, where he will showcase houseplants that will bring a bright spot to any interior.

"We have really cool stuff this year and will feature succulent pots and pre-planted herbs," he said. "We'll also have air plants that are easy to care for. We'll also have garden tools and unique gifts."

He said McCullough's tries to offer products for the "do it yourselfer" in addition to the landscape service provided to larger businesses.

"Everyone wants good products and that's what we're here to offer," he said.

McCullough's booth is numbered 2104 and 2106 and is located in the Celeste Center.

Licking County's Adam Hammond, of Woodmasters of Alexandria, is also scheduled to be in the home improvement section of the show in the multi-purpose building.

Hammond, making his third appearance at the show, specializes in restoration of furniture, refinishing and repair.

The theme of the show is "Art in Bloom." It features living landscapes inspired by masterpiece works of art. Fourteen full-sized gardens will be open for guests to explore.

The gardens are produced by professional designers of the Columbus Landscape Association.

Visitors will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with experts about their own lawn and garden challenges and can browse more than 400 exhibits and attractions.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. It's closed on Monday and reopens from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The show is open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Complete show information can be found at www.DispatchEvents.com.

mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com